Health insurance

All incoming students need to have their own health insurance. It is important that you have it prior to your arrival as you need the documentation for the study permit (Visa). European health insurance card and or private health insurance is required.

Students from EU/EEA/Switzerland

Students from these countries must have health insurance coverage from their home country.

The European Health Insurance Card documents that you are entitled to necessary medical treatment during temporary stays in other EU/EEA countries or Switzerland. This card will entitle you to the same treatment as the country's citizens. Please check with your nearest health authority office in your home country for further information about the correct card/form.

If you decide to use private health insurance you have to check with your insurance company whether your coverage applies to Norway.

Students from outside the EU/EEA/Switzerland

Students from outside the EU/EEA/Switzerland must have health insurance coverage from their home country. Please check with your insurance company whether your coverage applies to Norway.

In addition, students staying in Norway between 3 and 12 months can apply for voluntary membership in the National Insurance Scheme. You apply for this after arrival to Norway. We strongly advice you to do this.

Application process (after arrival):

  • Fill out the application form for insurance during stay in Norway
  • Personally hand in the form at the insurance office in the municipality in which you are staying. Students living in Kringsjå, Fjellbirkeland or Sogn student residences should hand in their the application to NAV Nordre Aker. Their offices are located in Gullhaugveien 7, but you will find the entrance at Sandakerveien 138-140.
  • Please make sure that the application is stamped when you submit it.
  • The following documents must be attached to the application:
  1. A certified copy of your letter of admission
  2. A ceritified copy of your passport
  3. A certified copy of your residence permit card

You need a D-number or Norwegian ID number before your application for membership in the National Insurance Scheme can be processed. NAV is responsible for getting this number for you. Obtaining this number will take some time, so you will have to wait a while for an answer to your application. That is why it is important that you make sure the application is stamped the day you submit it. The insurance is valid from the date you submitted your application if you for some reason should need assistance before the application is processed.

Contact us

International Office

Email: Exchange@nih.no 

Phone: +47 23262034